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Starting to plan a around the world trip

I'm 21 and planning a trip, any tips?
11 years ago, January 15th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #150388  
I live in the US
I'm planning to leave for a year at the end of this year
I want to see how the locals live
And interact with people
So any advice for a beginner?
I want to go to
S. Korea
Many other places
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11 years ago, January 16th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #150440  
Hey Ashley

Welcome to Travelblog!

What an exciting plan! So, do you want to just visit Europe, Egypt and Asia, or are you planning to add other continents to that? Depending on where you want to visit, you could get a round the world flight ticket, which will let you stop at different places on your way around the world. If you google 'round the world flights' you will find websites where you can build itineraries.

How much money do you intend to have for this trip? Japan, Germany and Ireland are going to be quite expensive to visit. It's ok to have a couple of expensive places, but if you are on a budget there are many cheaper countries you could visit e.g. SE Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

A good place to start your planning is the Travelblog Beginners Guide to Independent Travel

Hope this helps.

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11 years ago, January 17th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #150485  
Thanks for sharing information Reply to this

11 years ago, January 18th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #150598  
Hey Ashley,

So exiting that you are planning a big trip! We still remember sitting on the sofa every morning with our cups of coffee reading blogs dreaming of the day we would be able to leave.

Our best advice is to make a general plan of where you want to go but leave enough wiggle room to stray from your original plan. Along the way you will hear of places you never knew about that will be added to your itinerary. On the contrary, if decide a certain place just isn't doing it, you can catch the next bus out of town.

If you really want a local experience make sure to take public transportation, do homestays, eat on the street or where the locals do and try to learn atleast a few words of the language. Making an effort goes a long way 😊 Our favorite way to learn about a culture and interact with the locals is by going to the market. We learn new things, try local food and many times make new friends. Although the touristy areas are a hot spot for a reason, don't be afraid to venture off the beaten path (as long as it's safe to do so if you are a lone female).

Let us know if you have any other questions! Good luck with your plans!

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11 years ago, May 24th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #156622  
HI Ashley

I hope your trip planning is going well! How exciting....it will change your life.

I agree with the other people - keep your plan open! I would also start in Southeast Asia - Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc. Not only are these amazing places to visit, there are tons of other backpackers and you will learn a lot about where to go and how to do it cheaply. I think you will find that you can live in Indonesia for $10 - 20 per day, but in a country like Japan, you spend that just on daily transportation. Not that you shouldn't visit there, but you should get some experience in traveling first.

There are a lot of great websites. Get familiar with hostels international. Many people have spoken highly of couchSurfing.org, but I've never used it.

Finally, don't worry about buying your plane ticket in advance. RTW tickets are up to $6000+ You can buy one way tickets as you go for much less if you look for deals, alternative routing, and use discount airlines. You can get visas on the road (like for China - which will cost $200 for an American).

Good luck - I bet your trip will make some great blogs!

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11 years ago, May 29th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #156917  
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[Edited: 2012 May 29 14:54 - The Travel Camel:11053 - No dropping commercial links on this forum]
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11 years ago, June 6th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #157297  
Hello Ashley and welcome to travel blog!

The planning phase is so much fun. It sounds like you have a great trip planned.

Advice- Don't over pack! You will be surprised how little you really need. I would suggest limiting it to two pairs of shoes. Wear one and pack one.

Keep in touch with friends and family so they don't worry about you.

From the list of countries you have listed above I would recommend starting with China as it will be the cheapest. When you say you are a beginner does that mean you have never been out of the country?

If so I might recommend you start with Ireland or Germany. That will give you some travel experience before hitting some of the other countries.

Have a great trip and please blog. We can't wait to read your story.
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11 years ago, August 12th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #159824  
yah me to i am starting planning to go in Uk can any one know the best places to stay there Reply to this

11 years ago, August 21st 2012 No: 9 Msg: #160214  
If u want adventure but not so expensive I suggest you go to South East Asia. I highly recommend Bohol and Sagada in Philippines. Bohol offers many heritage sites, delicious local delicacies, beautiful islands & fine, white sand beaches. Sagada is a laid back province. If you want to experience local life and some adventure this is the right place for you. On the other hand, Pattaya in Thailand is a beautiful tourist spot also. You may visit the Nong Nooch Garden and watch their 'Elephant Show' which is impressive, Mini Siam where you could see the miniature of the famous landmarks of the world & dip yourself in water and experience playing with the waves of the sea. Reply to this

11 years ago, September 12th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #160910  
Hi Ashley,

How exciting for you! Traveling is always the best when you have some kind of a plan but nothing set in stone since your plans always happen to change a bit depending on who you meet, are with, and last minute thoughts!

For my last vacation, my girlfriend and I needed to plan out where we wanted to go, it went like this, Venice, Prague, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, London, and Leicester. Orginally it wasn’t in this order but we need to consider certain holidays we wanted to be at (Queens Day in Amsterdam instead of the Prince getting married in London), certain dates we needed to make to meet up with friends in Prague, and the cheapest and best weather (to catch the sun in Barcelona and Lisbon).

To start of my trip, I found it easy to pick a time period to travel, so of course I was checking flight prices for a good 4 month on Expedia which gives you a for sure rate on a flight. But also check websites like Traveloptic or Travelzoo , they are really good at getting you a VERY last minute price on a flight out of the country, I found a last min cheaper price on traveloptic to London for about $200 less, SCORE!

The point was to get out to Europe at a good price, once you’re there, its time to figure out the plan. Here is where Ryan Air and Easy Jet are really cheap to get to where you need to go. Also, Expedia can come in real handy if you don’t want to convert your money and pay in dollars and it opens up to other airlines going to the country your aiming for. FYI, sometimes trains are as much as a flight so it might not ne worth it, but IMO, buses are still really cheap and a great way to get around IF you have the time.

Since we where on a budget, we decided to mix it up with Hotels, Hostels, & Campgrounds. By mixing it up, we saved and got to experience a different Europe.

Hotels, we decided there where just some cities we wanted a hotel and a good bed. So I booked hotels way in advanced for Venice & London via Exepdia (The reason I mentioned Expidia is because it charges your cc right away and you don’t have to worry about holds on your cc/atm while traveling, its paid for & not to mention your itinerary is online for reference).
Hostels, we booked through hostelbooker.com. They have honest reviews and maps to let you make your decision. Let me just say, the closer the hostel is to the area you want to be at, the better! The reason for this is you have to take inconsideration of the time spent in that city and if you would really want to take a bus, taxi or subway on the regular, TRUST me, it adds up quick$$$ (extra 20 on the hostel is cheaper than the taxis or trouble of the metro). Also, the hostels we booked, had private rooms if you don't want to share a room with a lot of people.
Campground, was actually not on my list but as our flight from Venice to Prague got delayed a day, yeah this was the best and cheapest option that ended up being a great move for us. This place was very reasonable, homemade meals were very cheap, and easy access to the bus stops.

Once at the city of destination, there is a lot to do! One thing I do recommend is to take the FREE walking tours, you usually find out about these at the hostel, online, and some touristy places and bars have fliers. There is usually like 2 or so a day, go to the early one, that way you can plan the rest of the day. Typically, you meet at a certain time downtown or a specific monument or statue, just look for the small crowd and ask, you will usually notice. The tours are around 2 hours and they usually end at a bar. All the tours I have been to, have been really good, informative, and NOT boring like some might think. At the end, it is customary to tip the tour guide since they don’t get paid; I usually have noticed 5euros/pounds/crowns is average per person. Usually the person giving the tour ISNT from that country but a fellow traveller that ended up staying there because they loved it. Another reason to take these tours, it social, you meet people and make new friends, fellow travelers that are looking to have fun and traveling to another cool places not on the your list but, F@ck it! New Plan!

Like mentioned above, light packing, only the MUST haves.
2 pairs of shoes at the most, make sure they are comfortable.
Be aware for your budget.
Sometimes for lunch or dinner, go to a grocery store and by a baguette, fruit, and wine, very inexpensive and delicious!
Give yourself ample amount of time before flights.
ALWAYS be close to your belongings, believe it or not, Americans look like Americans in another country, we stand out not matter what nationality you are from the U.S.
If you can pay for something’s way in advance before your travel, fights, hotels, hostels, and so on, do it! It’s nice not worrying about it when you get there.
Plans always change, adapt to them.

I know the countries I mentioned aren’t on your list but the advice still applies. Sorry that I wrote a book, just want to be through!

Remember, traveling is about food, culture, the people you meet and having a great time! HAVE FUN and be Safe!

[Edited: 2012 Sep 12 06:18 - Jmadrigal:249345 ]

[Edited: 2012 Sep 12 06:20 - Jmadrigal:249345 ]
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11 years ago, September 29th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #161576  
wow! It's great! Our congratulations=)
I would say: don't overthink during preparations, more action. Do it!
We're travelling around the world by bike right now, maybe you'll find some info in our blog <snip>
[Edited: 2012 Sep 30 11:39 - Rat on the Road:23681 - URL removed]
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10 years ago, November 12th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #163036  
In response to: Msg #150388 You may think also travel to Turkey. As a tour operator happy to help you.
[Edited: 2012 Nov 12 18:06 - Sophie and Dale:50424 - no links in the forum please.]
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10 years ago, November 12th 2012 No: 13 Msg: #163047  
We'll echo others who have replied already and advise not to plan too much. Some planning is essential but you really don't need to stress yourself out with the precise bus timetable or list of hostels in a city before you leave. You'll quickly find that all the things you worry about while you are at home planning just fall into place when you are there.

Have a list of the main things you want to see in each country and have a rough plan around that but keep it as flexible as you can. You'll hear & read about places you never knew about when you are on the road, if you have a strict route planned out you may not be able to go to them which can be a real pain.

Relax, go with the flow and above all else have an amazing time.. Reply to this

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10 years ago, January 15th 2013 No: 15 Msg: #165153  
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What will you do with your 8-hours?
You want to take rest, you want to relax yourself? You also want to get party started with your friends? You want to take adventures to some where new to you or just want to experience Vietnamese ancient live style???
You can do all these things in only 8 hours?
Yes, you can. <snip> will bring you new feel about the elegance of modern and ancient combination.
<snip>, you will come to New City – Binh Duong – visit the crowded shopping center with many traditional crafting villages, dip yourself into unique ancient architecture of Vietnam that only “New City-New Tour” can bring to you.
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